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Pasta

Capellini with Shrimp and Spicy Tomato Cream

Capellini with Shrimp and Spicy Tomato Cream

I’ve had my share of cooking mishaps over the years, especially when I was first starting out in the kitchen. A certain “tutto mare” made with mostly bottled clam juice comes to mind (it did not taste pleasantly like the sea as I’d intended); as […]

Pumpkin Lasagne

Pumpkin Lasagne

In my humble(ish) opinion, October is the best month for indulging in all things pumpkin. I know its flavor is more strongly linked to the Hallowed Thanksgiving Dessert category, but I think that by late November we’re all getting tired of the gourd-fest that’s been […]

Salmon Ravioli with Lemon Herbed Cream

Salmon Ravioli with Lemon Herbed Cream

  I know a lot of people are intimidated by homemade pasta. I was hesitant for a long time before making it. I thought the sacred-sounding techniques of this-region-and-that-region seemed hotly debated; and like most contentious culinary issues, shrouded in mystery. It’s just flour, eggs […]

Orecchiette with Sausage, Basil and Mustard Cream

Orecchiette with Sausage, Basil and Mustard Cream

  I love unusual food combinations that work on everyone. Where you put a dish in front of a loved one for the first time, and they get that look. That vaguely suspicious expression; right before they politely ask, “What’s in this, again?”     […]